Michigan News

Kalkaska seeks to sell land to medical pot industry

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan village whose president wants the community to be a pioneer in the medical marijuana industry is planning to sell a portion of its taxpayer-owned land, possibly for the cultivation of cannabis. Kalkaska leaders voted this month to list nearly 10 ...

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

By ED WHITE Associated Press FLINT— A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the ...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted 102-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that ...

Michigan School for the Blind to reopen as housing next year

LANSING (AP) — The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early next year. Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and ...

Doctor gets prison time

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit doctor who admitted running an $18 million prescription drug scheme has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. A federal judge on Wednesday also ordered Dr. Zongli Chang to pay a $1 million fine and forfeit $3 million. The Livonia man had pleaded ...

2 charged for firing at ATF agents

DETROIT (AP) — Two Detroit men are facing charges after allegedly opening fire on two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents on the city’s east side. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that 21-year-old Kevin Keshawn Young and 20-year-old Aaron Marquis ...

Pilot hemp program started

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is launching a pilot program to aid farmers and processors interested in growing industrial hemp during the 2019 planting season. The U.S. government is implementing a national program to start in 2020. But the state already has the authority to grow ...

Great Lakes data buoys deployed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to re-deploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation. About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data ...

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

FLINT— A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack. Amor Ftouhi’s ...

Michigan House targets unlicensed pot shops still operating

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are intervening in a long-running legal dispute over unlicensed medical marijuana shops, pushing to enact a firm deadline by which the businesses must close or risk their ability to get a license. The House voted 102-4 Thursday in favor of legislation that ...

Michigan School for the Blind to reopen as housing next year

LANSING (AP) — The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early next year. Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and ...

Great Lakes data buoys deployed

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As ice thaws around the Great Lakes, technicians are preparing to re-deploy buoys that gather a wealth of information for use in research, water safety efforts and recreation. About a dozen research institutions operate buoys in the lakes. Many of them provide data ...

House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation

By LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump. “It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope ...

House OKs bill to forgive schools from making up snow days

LANSING — Schools exceeding the maximum number of snow days would not have to make up those that occur during a state-declared emergency under legislation the Michigan House approved Wednesday. The bill, approved 101-7, is aimed at aiding K-12 districts after frigid temperatures and other ...

Whitmer forms task force to review jail, pretrial detention

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a bipartisan review of Michigan’s jail and pretrial detention system, saying the inmate population has nearly tripled over 35 years while the crime rate is the lowest in a half-century. The Democrat signed an executive order ...

Former Michigan trooper convicted in teen’s Taser death

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in his second trial in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died when he was shot with a Taser. Mark Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations ...

Flint school locked down

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police in Flint have arrested four people after a gunshot was fired outside a public charter high school. Deputy police Chief Devon Bernritter says the shot was fired about 10 a.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Flex High School of Michigan following “an altercation” ...

Whitmer open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she’s open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor. Whitmer told reporters she ...

Michigan AG: No abortion prosecutions if Roe is reversed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion ...

Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate. A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native ...